Throughout this past year, a number of different people have claimed to see the image of Jesus Christ in some of the most unlikely places, and while many remain skeptical, others are inspired by the thought that the Savior could appear in ordinary places. Texas resident Lupita la Bourdette said one such image appeared to her on the screen door leading into her home.
“This is something that people have to see to believe,” la Bourdette, a Catholic, told KRGV reporters. “When I saw it, I wanted to cry. It impressed me so much.”
The resident of Pharr, Texas, said the image of Jesus and his mother Mary, whom she says appears to be holding a baby, showed up on the metal screen six years ago, shortly after she had a dream in which a little girl told her to pray for the world because “a lot of bad things are going to happen.”
She didn't think others would believe her, but on Tuesday, All Saints Day, la Bourdette finally shared her secret. She and another area resident, Maria Elena Graciano, hope that the images will inspire belief and hope in those living in the area who are in need of something to believe in.
“God is here with us on earth. Many people don't believe that. And He's here with His son,” Graciano told KRGV. She said anyone is welcome to go and see the image, but asks that those interested in leaving money just leave a rose instead.
The screen-door Jesus is just one of several similar images that have made headlines this year.
In June, N.C. residents living near the town of Kinston said a pole covered in vines assumed the appearance of the Savior on the cross. The plant that took over the pole, and part of the wires connected to it, is called kudzu and is considered a nuisance by many who live in the South.
Kent Hardison, who operates Ma's Hotdog House about half a mile down the road from the pole, told a reporter from Kinston.com that he thought about spraying the plant with weed-killer, but decided not to.
“I glanced at it, and it looks like Jesus,” he told the reporter. “I thought, 'You can't spray Jesus with Roundup.'”
In July, an Anderson County, S.C., couple said the image of Jesus appeared on a Wal-Mart receipt they received after having some photographs developed. According to Jacob Simmons and Gentry Lee Sutherland, they sat the receipt on Sutherland's kitchen table, where it stayed for a few days.
After attending a Bible study one night, though, the couple returned to Sutherland's house to watch a movie, and that's when Simmons first noticed the image.
"People are going to believe what they want to believe," Sutherland told NY Daily News. "There [are] tons of people who will say, 'Oh, we're in the Bible Belt,' but here's my question to the doubters, who else has the power to put their face on a check-out receipt but Jesus?"
In September, a Maryland woman, Brittany Wampler, said she saw the image of Jesus on a Nintendo NES game console she purchased off of eBay.
"We were inspecting it for cracks/damage and when we turned it just right into the light, the image showed up," Wampler told Kotaku. "Our reaction was mainly curiousity (sic) at first. Then as we looked at it closer and ruled out what it couldn't be, we began to get excited about it."
Despite her excited reaction to the image, Wampler said she was unsure of whether or not to attribute the appearance of the image to supernatural causes.